Honoring Those Who Answered the Call of Duty
We can never fully express our gratitude for the courageous Americans who have put everything on the line to serve our nation, and we must do everything we can to ensure they have access to the care and support they deserve. I was honored to be at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery on Veterans Day to recognize the courage and sacrifice of the brave men and women who have answered the call of duty. I will continue advocating for veterans here in the Granite State and across the country.
|Meeting with veterans at the NH State Veterans Cemetery
Increasing Access to Care for Women Veterans
Women veterans deserve the same access to quality health care that male veterans deserve, yet we know that health services specifically for women are not prioritized as much as they should be at the VA. This is a cause I have long supported, and I was glad to help pass the Deborah Sampson Act in the House this week. This bipartisan legislation will make it easier for women veterans to get the care they need, sending a clear message that the military service of women is as highly regarded and valued as the service of men. I urge the Senate to swiftly pass this commonsense measure and I will continue working to ensure every man and women in uniform has access to the support services they deserve.
Combating Veteran Homelessness
The tragic reality is that on any given night in the United States, there are more than 14,000 veterans sleeping on the street. In New Hampshire, we have seen first-hand the successful implementation of the Housing and Urban Development – Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program to address veteran homelessness. On Tuesday, I led a bipartisan letter signed by 82 members of Congress to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, asking them to maintain the House-passed levels of support for this program so that we can continue to make progress towards ending veteran homelessness across our nation. We owe it to our veterans to make sure they have a safe place to call home after serving our country.
Making Vaccines More Affordable for Seniors
Too often, seniors in the Granite State and across the nation struggle to afford the immunizations they need to stay healthy. I was proud to join my colleagues, Representatives Donna Shalala, Larry Buschon and Phil Roe on Wednesday to introduce the bipartisan Senior Immunization Act of 2019. Vaccinations are a critical part of preventive care – by making them more affordable for seniors, this legislation will improve the overall health and wellbeing of our communities, reduce health care spending, and save lives.
Investing in the Health of Mothers and Children
Fewer than half of all rural counties nationwide have a practicing obstetrician or gynecologist, leaving mothers and moms-to-be struggling to receive the care they and their children need. As we see health care facilities closing their maternity wards in rural Granite State communities, expecting mothers often struggle to access the care they need. On Wednesday, I was proud to help advance the Maternal Health Improvement Act in the Energy and Commerce Committee. This legislation would help ensure that pregnant women and new moms across the Granite State can access the care they need to stay healthy and raise happy families. I look forward to my continued work to help families across New Hampshire thrive.
|Speaking about maternal health during the markup. Watch here.
This week, the House held its first public hearings in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s alleged abuse of power. This is a somber moment for our nation, but it is necessary for our democracy. While I have not prejudged the outcome, I trust the constitutional process and I believe that this inquiry is a crucial step to protect our national security and our democracy. The American people deserve the truth, and it’s critical that we all have an opportunity to hear from witnesses and evaluate the evidence. As these public hearings continue, I want to hear from you – please do not hesitate to contact my office to share your thoughts
|Speaking about the impeachment inquiry. Watch here.
Here for You
I encourage you to continue reaching out to my office with any questions, concerns or ideas you have – I love hearing from you! Thank you, as always, for the wonderful contributions you make to our great state. I hope you enjoy your weekend!